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Less lecturing, more doing: New approach for A.P. classes

Less lecturing, more doing: New approach for A.P. classes | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
In an attempt to add depth to the curriculum in America’s most popular advanced high-school courses, some local teachers threw out most of their lectures and replaced them with a series of projects. Results so far are encouraging.
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Which Social Media Should You Post That Thing You Want to Share On?

Which Social Media Should You Post That Thing You Want to Share On? | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Where should you post that joke you came up with?
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The real answer to many of these questions is to post it on scoop.it!

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, February 22, 2014 10:20 AM

Not all post are good for any platform. Here is a guide. I don't see Pearltrees or Scoop.it which are two curating sights I use often. I don't see curating listed at all so or LiveBinders or Linkedin...The list is pretty good but far from complete.

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The Best Teachers Don't Do What They're Told

The Best Teachers Don't Do What They're Told | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it

"In some of the schools and districts I work with now, it’s really pretty depressing how many teachers just want to be told what to do. It’s not that they don’t care–it’s just a human defense mechanism kicking in. An insecurity of their own that’s tired of reaching and having their hand slapped, so they don’t.

They’ve learned to do what they’re told–they start with “district expectations” and work backwards from there. We toss around fun phrases like “team-player” to normalize this hurtful fascination education has with alignment and standardization. But by the time teachers turn policy and expectation and standards and curriculum maps into units, lessons and activities that actually reach the students, the zest for teaching and learning is barely recognizable.

And both approaches are wrong. Me for trying to fit it all in, and those that refuse to try and resign to being a mirror for “district policy” and “state-led initiatives.”

I do realize that, on paper, there’s no reason a teacher can’t do what they’re told and be amazing, but think for a moment about the best teachers you know. Do they do what they’re told, or do they simply do what needs to be done and navigate any fallout better than everyone else?"

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Tony Hall's curator insight, February 20, 2014 1:28 AM

This is interesting and probably true for more than a few teachers. Although I don't agree with the idea of the "hurtful fascination education has with alignment and standardisation". I suspect that the fascination with alignment and standardisation is actually driven by government accounts and economists.

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College Applicants Sweat The SATs. Perhaps They Shouldn't

College Applicants Sweat The SATs. Perhaps They Shouldn't | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
A new study shows that high school grades are a better predictor of how students will do in college.
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We Are Just Not Here Anymore

We Are Just Not Here Anymore | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Can we learn to reconnect without using our digital devices?


At weddings, guests tweet real-time of the festivities to friends far away. At sporting events, fans follow scores of games in other cities. In classrooms, students text with friends in other classes and parents out in the world. At funerals, mourners to pals in other places.

Everyone, it seems, is interacting more with people who are elsewhere — and less with the people around them. As technology seeps through society, dampening every dry aspect of our lives, something is happening to: the idea of being present; the desire to be in the moment; the notion of living right here and right now.

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No More Digitally Challenged Liberal-Arts Majors

No More Digitally Challenged Liberal-Arts Majors | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
How to give B.A.'s in arts and humanities more career options without abandoning the life of the mind.


Too many career-services offices seem to still see the primary objective of arts and humanities majors as graduate school, and do not give enough thought to their other options. Those offices focus their energies on students with degrees that are more easily marketed to potential employers. Professors want to help, of course, but most do not have recent experience outside of academe, and, just as important, they generally do not have nonacademic networks that can help undergraduates get job interviews. Some faculty members have experiences or political convictions that cause them to talk about the "corporate world" in negative terms.

And, of course, many arts and humanities departments rate their success on the basis of graduate-school placements, not on their ability to help B.A. students find good positions immediately after graduation. We celebrate the graduates who seem most like ourselves—the ones who set out to become academics—and we don't talk much about what happens to those graduates after they've earned their Ph.D.'s. Without that conversation, we ill serve many of our students, and we undercut the impact that our fields could have beyond academe.

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Did You Know 3.0

The New 2012 HD version on the progression of information technology researched by Karl Fisch, and modified by me! Globalization & The Information Age.
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The world is changing rapidly and educators are need to prepare student for jobs that don't even exist yet by fostering transferable skills. 

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Mrs. B's curator insight, February 5, 2014 9:19 AM

If you haven't seen this classic, don't wait one more minute! Creates a paradigm shift!

Nancy Watson's curator insight, March 5, 2014 7:55 PM

Did you Know? Shift Happens, and it is happening at an exponential rate. Half of this 2012 version maybe obsolete. Time, and technology, does not stand still.

D Langen's curator insight, August 22, 2014 9:50 AM

It has been interesting to watch the "Did You Know" videos updated over the years. The first was profound for me as a teacher and I continued to use the updated versions for years.

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Awkward Attempts w/Technology

Sponsored by Leadercast.com Created by Tripp and Tyler Produced by Green Tricycle Studios Cast: Tripp Crosby Beth PIlgreen Tyler Stanton Jon Raffa Paul Ryden...
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In attempting to bring new technologies into the classroom, there are often some technical glitches that trip us up from time to time.  This humorous look at a conference call is a nice reminder the try to rehearse things beforehand so that the technology doesn't get in the way of learning. 

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What Students Remember Most About Teachers

What Students Remember Most About Teachers | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
at the end of the day, most students won't remember what amazing lesson plans you've created. They won't remember how organized your bulletin boards are. How straight and neat are the desk rows.
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30th Anniversary of the Supreme Court's Monumental Decision About Betamax

30th Anniversary of the Supreme Court's Monumental Decision About Betamax | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Those of us who came of age in the Internet era may not know that they owe their ability to go online to a court decision 30 years ago today about a mechanically intricate analog tape recorder.


The Supreme Court held by a vote of five to four that it is legal to sell a video recorder to a consumer.  In his opinion for the majority Justice John Paul Stevens built twin foundations on which today’s consumer rights now rest. First, personal home recording and storage of an entire copyrighted work can be a lawful “fair use” of the work. Second, selling a product that has substantial non-infringing uses is lawful, even though it is commonly used to infringe. To rule otherwise, the court majority said, would be to enlarge the rights granted to copyright owners, so as to allow anyone whose work might be copied to effectively to control the right of technical innovators to market their own inventions. This, the court said, would “block the wheels of commerce.”

Without these twin protections for consumers and innovators, we could not today buy most consumer digital products or log on to most online services that search for, store, and respond to copyrighted information. All online services, as well as digital devices like DVRs, smartphones, and tablets, must routinely store and display copyrighted information and programming based on consumer searches and requests. Most do not or cannot require advance permission. The Internet itself would have remained a closed circuit primarily for government, educational, and industrial use. There would be no social networks.

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What 5 Tech Experts Expect in 2014

What 5 Tech Experts Expect in 2014 | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Some hot topics, they predict, are likely to emerge at the intersection of education and technology.


Education technology enjoyed a headline-grabbing year in 2013. Debate about the potential, and the limitations, of massive open online courses reached a fevered pitch. Technology-enabled, competency-based degrees got a green light from the U.S. Department of Education. And data analytics proved to be an increasingly important reference point in campus operations.

The momentum shows little sign of abating in 2014. New tools are shaping everything from in-classroom instruction to White House policy making. The Chronicle asked five education-technology experts to think about the year ahead and identify major themes at the intersection of education technology and higher education.

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News report from 1981 about the Internet

A news report from 1981 about the Internet and receiving an entire newspaper through the phone line.
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Sometimes to appreciate the technology we have, we need to take a step back and see what the past thought about their future.  Educational technologies have come a long way baby!

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D Langen's curator insight, August 22, 2014 10:18 AM

It appears that this thing called the "Internet" held all kinds of promise when I graduated high school. Simply dialing your rotary phone connected you to at least 6 newspapers in America where you could download text of their stories...in just 2 hours! Imagine the possibilities!

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‘I would love to teach but…’

‘I would love to teach but…’ | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
'Education cannot be objectively measured...
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I love being an educator, but many educators I know are very jaded about the system and all the 'other junk' that gets in the way of them doing what they truly love.  This is an insightful critique of problems in the system today that make educators want to pull their hair out.  I'm not giving up, but that doesn't mean I think that the system is wonderful for students, teachers or parents.

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The Quick and the Ed » The New First Grade: Kindergarten

The Quick and the Ed » The New First Grade: Kindergarten | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
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Linda Alexander's curator insight, December 24, 2013 10:17 AM

Children are not entering their parent's kindergarten classroom today. Indeed there are vast differences in what constitutes "basic entry skills".  This all points to the importance of children from every socio-economic group having completed strong academically grounded preschool programs before they hit the primary school doors... 

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What MOOCs Can't Teach

What MOOCs Can't Teach | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Even the founders of education start-ups say that online courses can't replace the classroom experience. 


But the most compelling reason why MOOCs fall short was this: "One thing that Coursera doesn't do well is teach non-cognitive skills," Ng said. "There are studies that suggest that 80 percent of your income are due to non-cognitive skills: teamwork, ethics, the ability to regulate anxiety. It's an open question whether Coursera can develop technology to teach non-cognitive skills. By contrast, universities do a much better job."

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I've enjoyed MOOCs but they can't (and never were intended to) replace brick and mortar institutions and face-to-face instruction.  MOOCs are best used as a "skills gap" filler as opposed to the main structure of an educational plan. 

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10 Pros And Cons Of A Flipped Classroom

10 Pros And Cons Of A Flipped Classroom | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
10 Pros And Cons Of A Flipped Classroom
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The Pros

1. Students have more control

2. It promotes student-centered learning and collaboration

3. Lessons and content are more accessible

4. Access = easier for parents to see what’s going on

5. It can be more efficient

The Cons

1. It can create or exacerbate a digital divide

2. It relies on preparation and trust

3. There is significant work on the front-end

4. Not naturally a test-prep form of learning

5. Time in front of screens–instead of people and places–is increased


Using social media or other digital tools is not for all teachers and nor is it for all classrooms.  Given your teaching style, the digital fluency of students and the technological support of your administration, you can then successful weigh the options that are available.   

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The truth about the impact of Social Media strategies

The truth about the impact of Social Media strategies | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
It is now common for companies to develop Social Media strategies and to hire Social Media Managers in order to boost their online presence. But what can you really expect from Social Media Marketing?
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The Internet Is a Giant Lie Factory

The Internet Is a Giant Lie Factory | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
It's too easy for hoaxes, conspiracy theories and outright lies to go viral.
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This is one of the reasons why I think online curation platforms like scoop.it are increasingly important.  And here the best quote from the article: "The problem is, you can look at the internet as a collection of random odds and ends that it is your job to curate—some of these things may be 'truer' than others, but what’s really important is whether you love or hate them enough to post them to the social website of your choice."  So  keep curating my friends.

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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, December 6, 2013 3:01 PM

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Once blocked, Twitter and other social media become classroom tools

Once blocked, Twitter and other social media become classroom tools | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
In-class use of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have traditionally been discouraged in most K-12 schools, but that’s starting to change in more classrooms.
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Cell phones are a tremendous distraction for students, but that same distraction can very easily become a powerful tool.

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megan b clement's comment, December 16, 2013 12:12 AM
Although social media may have its down falls but now schools are jumping on board and using social media to engage students in their classes. I mean its not a bad idea you know they are going to be on it anyways so if you send updates for class on those social media sights at least you know they will defintely see it and there will be no excuses.
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Why Teachers leave the Profession, and what they do next!

Why Teachers leave the Profession, and what they do next! | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it

"The reasons why teachers leave the profession and following other careers have continually been the focus for research, but very little follow up research has explored the career paths teachers follow once they quit the profession."

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Online Courses Aren’t Actually Democratizing Education

Online Courses Aren’t Actually Democratizing Education | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Eighty percent of those who enrolled in online learning classes already have bachelor's degrees. Forty four percent have some graduate education


The internet has long been hailed as a great democratizer. And in many ways, access to information has helped groups organize and facilitated political action. But when it comes to education, simply making classes free online hasn’t had the impact many had hoped.

According to a survey of those using the University of Pennsylvania’s massively open online course (MOOC), students were nearly all already educated. Eighty percent of those who enrolled already had bachelor’s degrees. Forty four percent had some graduate education under their belt. “80 percent of MOOC students come from the wealthiest and most well educated 6 percent of the population,” the authors of the paper write.

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BYOD: Supporting Students Via Their Own Devices

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From flipped classrooms to self-directed learning, even for the most traditional higher education institutions, everything is moving increasingly online with a focus towards mobile.


According to recent Pew Research, 83% of Millennials now sleep with their smartphones next to them.

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The ubiquity of mobile devices in our lives today and the accelerating pace of digital interconnectivity is both exhilarating and frightening all at once.  Monitoring usage to avoid dangerous habits is going to be increasingly important.   

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They Loved Your G.P.A. Then They Saw Your Tweets.

They Loved Your G.P.A. Then They Saw Your Tweets. | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
More colleges are finding the social media posts of their applicants — and sometimes denying admission as a result.
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I'm not saying that I thrilled about all of the ramifications of this new trend, but students need to realize that online posts can be read by more than just their friends and understand the implications of that fact. 

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, November 11, 2013 3:40 PM

A social online reputation is  important to all of us including students. This is a look at how that can reputation can effect college entry at the moment.

megan b clement's comment, December 16, 2013 12:09 AM
After reading this article it goes to show that my father is right once again. He always told me what i put on the internet is there forever, but not only that it could inhibit me from getting a job that i wanted. Just like the article my father told me that alot of jobs look at your social media sights and pages to see what kind of person you portray yourself to be. Alot of jobs will not hire you due to your social media pages! who would have though
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Geography of elearning

"I made this short video for the University of Edinburgh about my fascination with geography in elearning and how that still has a strong allure for some students (me). What does it mean to be somewhere in regards to the university? At what point does the university stop to be a physical space and becomes and emotional, psychical one?"

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Online education changes the physical and virtual geographies of teachers, students and classrooms.  Everyone interested in teaching online courses should consider these issues regarding the spaces and places of learning.

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The 10 Modern Teaching Skills

The 10 Modern Teaching Skills | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Improve your Teaching Skills with 10 tips for modern teachers. This post outlines the skills teachers need when teaching the new generation of students.
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I'm a geography professor at Rhode Island College. I tweet @ProfessorDixon I welcome suggestions & appreciate meaningful collaboration. http://geographyeducation.org